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Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto

The Philosopher’s Path is a pleasant stone path that works its way through the northern part of Kyoto’s Higashiyama district. The path follows a canal lined by hundreds of cherry trees, stretching for about two kilometers. It starts at Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), and its journey ends in the neighborhood of Nanzenji. The path takes its name from one of Japan’s most famous philosophers, Nishida Kitaro, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University. A number of charming and historical small temples and shrines line the path providing excellent stopping points along the walk to learn about the regions compelling history. This walking tour lasts approximately four hours and takes place in the morning.

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